On Sunday, ECHL defender Jacob Panetta disqualified him indefinitely before releasing him on Saturday night for racist acts against South Carolina Stingrays defender Jordan Subban.
According to Subban, Panetta made “monkey gestures” towards him during a clash at a small hockey game, which led to discipline on Sunday.
The league had announced on Sunday morning that Panetta had suspended his activities until a collective bargaining hearing was expected. Icemen, a Rangers division, initially said less than two hours later that they would cooperate with the investigation before announcing Panetta’s release.
“Clearly, our core values as a group of owners include one love and intolerance of racism or other forms of hatred towards any group,” said team leader Andy Kaufmann. “The Jacksonville Icemen platform is more than just hockey for us as a team. It’s about using the platform not only to spread our love of hockey, but also our love for society and each other.
“While the investigation and review continues at the league level, Jacksonville Icemen will release the player immediately and continue our mission to share our love of team and hockey. On behalf of the entire Icemen organization, we are disappointed. We apologize to everyone who came and look forward to starting the healing process together. Thank you. “
The incident reportedly began after a player from each team collided with each other in overtime. Subban, the brother of Devils defender PK Subban, said he then tried to fight the 25-year-old Panetta, whom he refused before being ridiculed.
“[Panetta] He was too scared to fight me and when I started to turn around he started making monkey gestures to me so I punched him in the face a few times and he turned into a cowardly tortoise “, – Subban wrote on Twitter.
The ECHL episode came a day after the AHL disqualified San Jose Barracuda striker Christoph Hrabik for 30 games for racist gestures. Boko Imom during a game earlier this month.
PK Subban tweeted about his brother’s incident on Saturday night, including a video of Panetta making fun of him, and said similar incidents would happen more often than reported.
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“They don’t call the East Coast League a forest because my brother and other black players are monkeys!” Written by PK Subban. “Hey @jacobpanetta you shouldn’t delete your Twitter or Instagram account immediately, maybe you can play again… history says so, but everything is changing. Now only the hockey world knows your true color … your hometown Belleville knows, your family and friends know you are a fraud.
“I respectfully say to everyone who has an opinion about everything that has happened in the world over the last few years, it’s not a mistake. We all know what is good and what is bad. Even your teammates wanted to see you clean your watch. This happens a lot and it will never be revealed in the lower leagues. What I like about this is that Jordan’s teammates stand there and support it. I love this. Shout out to @RobConcannon and @scstingrayshockey. ”